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Update #13

7 Questions with Chuck Wendig

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Here's the second Fireside contributor interview, with Chuck Wendig.

1. What drives you to write?
Hunger. Both the real kind ("I need to put food inside my body and that means I need money") and the creative kind ("If I don't tell stories they'll back up inside my brain and I'll suffer some kind of creative aneurysm").

2. What are your favorite kinds of stories to read?
Good ones. Ones that pop and crackle and grab me by the throat and/or testicles and force me to keep reading.

3. Are those the same kind of stories you like to write? If not, what do you like to write?
I certainly hope I'm writing good stories. That's not for me to decide, though. Man, if only it were. If I could just declare, "I AM WRITING AWESOME TALES," and it became so with a clap of thunder. Delightful.

4. What are you reading now?
Just finished up Matt Forbeck's upcoming CARPATHIA. Vampires + Titanic = Awesome.

5. Who are your favorite writers?
Robert McCammon, Joe Lansdale, Christopher Moore, Bradley Denton.

6. Both in your blog and in your fiction writing, you write with the filter off. It's profane, full of attitude, and very funny. Is this the way you have always written, or was there a moment when you stopped worrying about what I call the "oh god my mom might read this" fear?
I wrote that way even in high school, and the good thing was when my mother accidentally did read some of it (and, true story, threatened to throw me into a mental institution!), so the cat was suddenly out of the bag on that one.

7. Your blog, Terribleminds, is prolifically full of advice for aspiring writers. Why did you start doing this, and does it help you in your own writing?
I did it exactly because it helps my own writing. I encounter the perils of writing and storytelling daily, and so back when I had approximately zero audience, I'd use it mostly just to mouth off into the void about the problems I was uncovering and the solutions I cobbled together. It paid off, I guess, because a lot of people seem to enjoy reading me mouthing off into the void.

 Chuck Wendig is equal parts novelist, screenwriter, and game designer. His “vampire-in-zombieland” novel, DOUBLE DEAD, is out now, and the first two Miriam Black novels (BLACKBIRDS and MOCKINGBIRD) release in 2012. He has several e-books on writing available, the newest being 500 WAYS TO BE A BETTER WRITER. He currently lives in the wilds of Pennsyltucky with wife, dog, and newborn progeny and you can find him dispensing profane and probably unwise writing wisdom at his website, terribleminds.com. Twitter: @ChuckWendig

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